Richard Westgarth Biography

Richard is responsible for industrial engagement at BMT. His role in BMT is to operate across the Organisation, looking at medium to long term trends. This embraces emergent and disruptive technologies including autonomous systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI), digital transformation, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

Richard has over 40 years of experience in the defence and maritime sectors as an innovation strategist and business adviser. His wealth of experience in naval and defence domains builds on his earlier work in research, innovation, change management and consultancy. Richard has been extensively involved with Maritime UK, working in a number of their working groups and leading their futures programme. He has been active developing MarRI-UK initiative for a number of years.

Richard sits on the Transport Executive Committee of the IET and the Innovation Committee of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. He co-authored the ‘Global Marine Technology Trends 2030’ series of reports. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and a Fellow of the IET